John 6:41-51

Spend time in prayer and silence with God asking Him to meet with you and speak to you.

Bible Reading

At this the Jews began to grumble about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can He now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” Jesus answered, “Stop grumbling among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from Him comes to Me. No one has seen the Father except the One who is from God; only He has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

– John 6:41-51


The Jews began to dispute with Jesus over His words. He contrasts Himself with the bread (manna) that their fathers ate in the wilderness (see Exodus 16). It is obvious that the Jews are struggling to understand the spiritual meaning behind Jesus’ words. They are thinking literally instead of metaphorically.

The Big Question

What is Jesus’ point in contrasting Himself with the manna their fathers ate in the desert? What truth does verse 44 convey to the reader? What encouragement do you take away from these verses?

Conclude your time in prayer and silence, reflecting on what God revealed to you today.